I’d like to start the week with a thought that some will consider heresy: sometimes, privatization just doesn’t work.
There are some functions and responsibilities that government handles better.
American is gung-ho for privatization these days, both to save money, and because government at all levels has become something we love to hate. Thanks to years of being told that government is bad, corrupt, expensive and inefficient, we are happy to reduce its size.
Well, we may not be quite ready to hand the nuclear arsenal over to an assets management firm, but apart from that, anything goes. And frankly, there are some things that probably should be privatized.
Garbage collection, for example.
But Michigan decided last year to privatize food service in our prisons, and so far, it has been a highly embarrassing failure.
The Detroit Free Press used the state Freedom of Information Act to find out what’s happened since the state contracted with a private food services company, Aramark Correctional Services of Pennsylvania.